The missionary adventures of the Stimpson family

Our Top 10 Reasons We’re Moving to Romania

A lot of people have been asking us, “Why are you moving to Romania?”  They usually follow that up with “Is it because you’re nuts?”

So here is our (well, my) top 10 reasons we’re moving to Romania:

10. A totally selfish reason, but the scenery is beautiful, as you can see above.  Not every place looks amazing, and there’s plenty of ugly scenery in the cities, but mountains and seaside beaches exist, and for that, I am happy.

9. Another selfish reason – we’ve always wanted to do long-term missions, and we’re not getting any younger.  If we don’t leave now, we may never go.

8. We were growing somewhat comfortable in inner-city Milwaukee, and I want to be in a position where I’m not comfortable, where if God doesn’t move it’s all gonna fall apart.  I want to depend on Him and Him alone, and I want to see Him move.  Getting up and moving half-way across the planet, to a nation where we don’t speak the language, don’t know the culture, and don’t know very many people, seemed like an effective way to do that.

7. I love mercy ministry.  Though things are improving in a lot of areas of Romania, there are still 6000-plus kids living on the streets, there are still some 30,000 orphans, and there are still 1-1.5 million Gypsies living in poverty and squalor.  The world may not think much of Gypsies and orphans, but Jesus does.

6. Sex sells in Romania – human trafficking is a problem, prostitution, though technically illegal, is on the rise, especially among college students, sexual immorality and provocative dress are the norm.  Unless they find real freedom in Jesus, the younger generation will no doubt continue down a road of increasing addiction and bondage.

5. Though the economic situation is not as bad as it was, especially in Bucharest, the spiritual situation is worsening.  Like the rest of Europe, Romania is turning toward materialism, secularism, and post-Christian philosophies to guide their lifestyles instead of looking to God. Missions experts and theologians are calling Europe, “the new dark continent” because of the quickly increasing secularism.  While other places are poorer or maybe less Christian in name, the church in Europe is very weak.

4. There are many places of Romania without an evangelical church and many who have not heard the Gospel.  Many of  the younger generation are practicing agnostics.  Though they were probably baptized in an Orthodox church, will do their wedding there, and may even attend services for Christmas and Easter, they don’t read their Bibles, don’t have a relationship with Jesus, and are not born-again.  They may have an amount of religiosity, but it’s not a saving faith in Jesus.

3. The city of Bucharest has a population of 3 million people, and only 2100 (0.07%) are estimated to be born-again.  The current US average is 100 times that amount.  So there are plenty of people in Bucharest who don’t know God yet.

2. The Bible says to take the Gospel to all of creation.  Last I checked, Romania is a part of that.  So, to be faithful to the Great Commission, we’ve got an opportunity to go, so we’re going.  Related to this, and to keep my points at 10, Romania’s geographical location is ideal for sending missionaries out throughout the Eastern Hemisphere.  We’re excited to eventually raise up missionaries and church-planters who will go into Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, and beyond.

1. God made it very clear He wants us to go, so we’re just gonna obey.  A lot of times, it’s hard thinking of leaving, and there are tons of needs right here in America, but God told us to go, so we’re going, alright?


14 responses

  1. Hello Stimpson family . . nice letter. Keep me posted on your progress to move to Romania. I think it would be good for us to skype soon. Why? I want to make sure you have some things in place that you will need in order to move here. I am back in Romania now. By the way . .# 3 above (2011 born again believers) is way off. There are alot of christians in Bucharest. Only the Lord knows, but it is alot more than that percentage. Blessings, Brad Hayes

    April 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    • Thanks, Brad! I appreciate the feedback. Yeah, Skyping would be great. Send me an email with times that work for you and I’ll see what works for us. Our schedule is pretty crazed, but we can carve something out. About the number of Believers, I’m not debating your statement, because I understand you know more about Bucharest than I do, but for everyone who reads my blog… 0.07% is the number most sources I’ve asked have been stating. Those sources were a Romanian pastor in Bucharest (0.07%), an American missionary in Arad (0.1%), and an American-run ministry in Bucharest (0.07%). Whatever the actual percentage is, Bucharest isn’t 100% born-again, so there’s some room for reaching the lost and we’d like to help however we can.

      April 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

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  3. We don’t need brainless americans here just stay there and don’t come pollute our mountains and keep away with religion bullshit , if someone want to belive he belives if not , not. If you force things people aren’t happy . Happiness is everything that matters.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    • Thank you for proving my point, Nick. I think you’ve demonstrated to all of us here that Romania really needs us.

      December 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

  4. Hahah what a joke, Romania needs to build jobs and schools. There are enough churches as it is

    August 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm

  5. Christine

    Romanian people are religious for the most part, I am Christian- Orthodox, have read the bible, study it, go to church, celebrate and praise God and Jesus. I dont believe in needing to be born again, i was baptised a christian orthodox and happy. Why are baptists/etc considered more religious than us or other christian divisions. Why does it have to matter whether we are baptist, catholic, orthodox, etc? Dont we all believe in God/Jesus?

    November 22, 2013 at 10:53 am

  6. Bogdan

    I think you should move to Libya or any Muslim country where people have never heard about Christ or never met a Christian. Most people in Romania are Christian, so there is no need for mission there. Going to Romania for “missionary” work does not serve Jesus.

    May 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

  7. alex

    So… most Romanians are Orthodox, meaning they are baptised in the only church that it did not change its practices and traditions since the Holy Apostles, yet we don’t know God… 🙂 did I mention that the Romanian people were Christian long before they became Romanians proper? but sure, why not… send your missions.

    January 15, 2015 at 2:33 am

  8. John

    Please stay out of Orthodox countries and learn the Gospel yourself before assuming to give it to others. Your Protestant sect is not Christianity.

    May 8, 2015 at 7:23 pm

  9. Calin

    We have our religion feel free to come but keep you’re religion to yourselves. You are welcome your religion is not.

    April 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    • Thank you for welcoming me to Romania, Calin, but you should know that I didn’t bring my religion to Romania. Saint Andrew did.

      June 13, 2016 at 5:43 pm

  10. Andreea

    Saint Andrew?? What the..??? We are a quite to much of a christian country, we sure don´t need you guys, like Bogdan said above, go to a muslin country and tell them about “Andrei”.. Tell me that since 2012 you survived this country, and i´ll start believing in miracles maybe.

    August 2, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    • Well, if the supposed “Christians” in Romania stopped living as if they don’t know Christ and have never read the Bible, perhaps God wouldn’t send missionaries to them.

      November 15, 2017 at 10:37 pm

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